Accept reality and tax the rich

Republicans are unable to accept reality. Exit polls demonstrated 60 percent or more want to increase taxes for the rich to solve our fiscal problems.

Reduced taxes for the rich, Republican policy, have been in effect for four years. We still have high unemployment.

Republicans have proved tax cuts to the rich don't work, yet blame President Barack Obama for the results. How can you compromise with people who are obviously insane?

Flo Samuels

Hayward

All sides are refusing to bend

We have a rock star president who is too full of himself to bend. We have a hidebound Senate that thrives on inaction. And, we have a House of Representatives that also refuses to bend.

No compromise, no action, no compromise. We fall off the cliff.

Burt Stephenson

Sonoma

Compromise is unlikely with current politicians

I doubt a meaningful, long-term solution can be developed and implemented by the current cast of characters in Washington.

It's easy to blame George W. Bush or Barack Obama, but presidents come and go. It seems to me the root cause is with the Washington "lifers," both Democrats and Republicans, we continuously re-elect. Most of them have been in politics their entire lives, with little or no outside experience.


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They equally spend, borrow, promise, mislead, avoid accountability and blame others. I'm sure most are friends attending the same lobby-sponsored parties and scratch one another's back "compromising" to create the next latest and greatest policy or spending program that will help them get re-elected.

Harry Reid, John Boehner and Obama failed us last year in not brokering a compromise solution. To set the stage for their upcoming compromise negotiations, all three are publicly throwing punches and drawing lines in the sand regarding the same sacred cows they fought over last year.

Reminds me of the saying, "If you always do what you did, you'll always get what you got."

Bill Behan

Brentwood

Both sides will not work together

I have absolutely no confidence that the two political parties will actually work together to resolve our financial mess. The lack of cooperation and the stubbornness of political party leaders just makes me sick.

I'm totally fed up with the games. It simply has to stop.

So, here we go like Thelma and Louise driving off the cliff. What a way to kill this wonderful nation.

F. Zanger

Hayward

No compromise can be reached

A comprise can't be reached by Jan. 1, 2013, because legislation is too complex to be accomplished in the time remaining this year.

Also, the Republican members of Congress have some very bad habits to overcome -- namely the knee-jerk reaction of voting against President Obama. And we all know bad habits are especially hard to break.

The Republican lawmakers have shown greater loyalty to their pledge to Grover "No new taxes" Norquist than to the oath of office they hold in Congress.

The Bible says, "Man cannot serve two masters." Needless to say, the Republicans have made their choice.

Thurdell Wickliff

Richmond

Spending is our biggest problem

A compromise can be reached if both parties agree on one.

However, the president has already stated he will not change his position on tax increases for the wealthy. How does anyone attempt to compromise with a hard head like that?

Revenue -- taxes -- is not the problem, which is obvious. It's the wild uncontrolled investment -- spending -- that is the problem.

For proof, check out the rise of our national debt that has occurred within the past four years and it's still climbing.

Rudolph Jimenez

Newark

Why did we elect our president?

President Barack Obama was elected on the platform of no extension of the Bush tax cuts.

I think the press has made up the term "fiscal cliff." If there is a fiscal cliff, we should go over it.

Kay Korbel

Fremont

Democrats won't accept solution

The major media and our sorry state of education have resulted in a slim majority of the voters re-electing the same president who spends $1 trillion more yearly than comes in and the same Senate that has failed to even pass a budget for the last three years.

Hopefully, there will not be a compromise toward more of the same disastrous policies. Instead, they need to be opposed, debated and stopped if we are to avoid national bankruptcy.

Ronald Reagan "inherited" a similar disastrous economy and his policies turned it around into the quickest and biggest improvements ever seen coming out of such economic peril caused by Jimmy Carter and the Democrats.

His lowering of stifling taxes and support of Americans and their freedoms created more revenues from taxation, not less.

It also lowered the cost of gasoline, and with his policies and Newt Gingrich's Republican Congress, they forced Bill Clinton to embrace welfare reform and to balance the budget.

That is our way to a solution, but President Obama, Harry Reid and the Nancy Pelosi Democrats probably won't follow it.

Pete Laurence

Clayton

Doesn't matter if taxes go up

It doesn't matter if taxes are raised. The spending on entitlements and welfare for corporations in the form of green energy subsidies and other socially acceptable reasons for stealing from the public to give to the rich will expand even faster.

Nadja Adolf

Newark

House endangers will of the people

Compromise definition: 1. a settlement of differences by mutual concessions; 2. exposure to danger, suspicion, etc.

There will not be comprise (1) over the fiscal crisis until those in Congress are willing to work together in achieving what is right for the American people.

The fiscal cliff crisis is being compromised (2) by those individuals whose sole purpose is to wreak havoc with the legislative system and, in particular, any programs presented by President Obama, for which he deems necessary in keeping our country viable/competitive.

The president's plans, which includes helping the middle class prosper and taxing earnings more than $250,000 to help bring down the deficit, was approved by the electorate. Those on the right continue to deny the truth. We cannot allow our vote to be compromised or endangered for the conservatives' political gain.

We must object to the House conservatives' compromising/endangering the will of the people. Voters, stay involved and let your voices continue to be heard.

Sharon Soulis

Fremont